A new, larger electric shuttle bus rolls out in Santa Barbara

14 are joining the fleet by the end of the year

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A new electric shuttle bus has hit the streets of Santa Barbara as part of an upgrade to the fleet that dates back about 25 years.

The new busses at 30-feet, are eight feet longer than the current ones. They have a modern, stronger battery electric systems than the current fleet. 

The bus service in Santa Barbara is operated by the Metropolitan Transit District (MTD). 

Members of the Santa Barbara City Council were able to check out one of the buses in front of City Hall this afternoon.

Fully loaded it can handle about 37 riders.

The cost to ride the shuttle is .50 cents and .25 cents for seniors. There's daily service in the downtown corridor, waterfront, a crosstown route and a Seaside shuttle in Carpinteria.

All drivers will be trained on the new shuttles in the next few weeks.

The MTD says full integration of the 14 bus fleet should be completed by the end of the year.

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